Rated RSO: MT-17, With Derek Klena, Alex Brightman, Arielle Jacobs, Bobby Steggert and More, Offered Jan. 21
By Michael Gioia
Rated RSO: MT-17, featuring the work of composer-lyricist Ryan Scott Oliver, is offered Jan. 21 in New York City. Derek Klena (Dogfight), Alex Brightman (Wicked, Big Fish), Arielle Jacobs (In the Heights) and Bobby Steggert (Giant) are among the evening's lineup.
Rated RSO is offered at 7 PM and 9:30 PM (sold out) at Joe's Pub. The evening promises new tunes from Oliver's Jasper in Deadland, The Frog Prince Continued and the photography-inspired musical exhibition 35mm as well as old favorites from Darling and Mrs. Sharp.
Also scheduled to perform are Jessica Hershberg (Baby It's You!), Jay Armstrong Johnson (Hands on a Hardbody), Ben Crawford (Shrek), Julia Mattison (Godspell), Jason Michael Snow (The Book of Mormon), Brian Charles Rooney (Threepenny Opera), Tori Huston-Elem (The Addams Family), Natalie Charle Ellis (Forbidden Broadway), Maggie Anderson, Jordon Boldon, Max Chernin, Dan DeLuca, Charles A. Franklin, Kerri George, Emily Hughes, Maxwell King, Tatiana Lofton, Jamen Nanthakumar, Hayley Anna Norris, Steve Raymond, Katy Rea, Emily Rogers and Noah Zachary.
Directed by Travis Greisler, Rated RSO: MT-17 is a described as a "theatrical concert collecting songs from Oliver's musicals while the audience experiences the scope of each musical's story through projected context."
Will Van Dyke is musical director, and the band includes Matt Hinkley (guitar), Eric Day (bass), Allison Seidner (cello), Joel Waggoner (violin), Jeremy Yaddaw (drums). The creative team also includes stage manager Kristina Vnook and lighting designer KJ Hardy.
Oliver is a 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient and a 2008 Rodgers Award winner. He was also featured in Part One of Playbill's Contemporary Musical Theatre Songwriters You Should Know.
Joe's Pub is located at 425 Lafayette Street. For more information and tickets, visit JoesPub.com.
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